M.B.B.S., M.S.(Orth.), DNB (Orth.), F.I.A.S. (Germany)
Is it Safe to get arthroscopy done?
An arthroscopy is usually a safe type of surgery and the risk of serious complications developing is low (less than 1 in 100).
However, possible complications include infection and accidental damage to nerves near the affected joint.
How is Arthroscopy Done?
A piece of equipment called an arthroscope is used during an arthroscopy. An arthroscope is a small, metal tube about the length and width of a drinking straw. The arthroscope is inserted into a small cut next to the joint. This arthroscope is then connected to a camera which is in turn connected to a Screen or a Monitor and thus images inside the joint can be seen on a screen
More small incisions may also be made to allow an examining probe or surgical instruments to be inserted for treating according to problems of patient.
An arthroscopy is usually carried out under Spinal or General Anaesthesia.